The authors of »SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence«

Christian Ah-Soon

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Christian Ah-Soon has worked for SAP BusinessObjects for 15 years as a program manager on transversal areas like administration, security, internationalization, installation, semantic layers, and SDKs. He is co-author of SAP BusinessObjects BI Security (SAP PRESS, 2013) and Universe Design with SAP BusinessObjects BI: The Comprehensive Guide (SAP PRESS, 2014). Christian holds a Ph.D. in computer science and graduated from TELECOM Nancy.

Jim Brogden

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Jim Brogden is an award-winning technical author and dashboard designer, and a Senior Data Warehouse Developer for Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) in Atlanta, Georgia. He combines a master’s degree in Information Technology with nearly ten years of business intelligence consulting experience and a proven track record for delivering BI solutions in a variety of industries. He’s the lead author of all three official textbooks dedicated to Web Intelligence, and is an active contributor to SAP’s Idea Place ( A happily married father of sons Jamie and Hunter, in his off time Jim proclaims himself an avid (beginner) cricket player on the ICE Storm cricket team, a passionate hacker of the golf ball, and a runner (jogger/walker) of frequent (annual) 10Ks in Atlanta.

Dallas Marks

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Dallas Marks is a principal technical architect and trainer for EV Technologies and an SAP Certified Application Associate for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and the Business Intelligence platform. Dallas has worked with SAP BusinessObjects BI tools since 2003 and has implemented solutions for a number of industries, including retail, energy, health care, and manufacturing. He is a frequent speaker at local ASUG chapters, national ASUG, and SAPinsider conferences, and independent SAP BusinessObjects user groups. Dallas holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Dallas blogs about various business intelligence topics at You can follow him on Twitter at @dallasmarks.

Gabriel Orthous

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Gabriel Orthous is a population health management and healthcare analytics expert, and a senior consultant to Wellcentive. Gabe has more than 15 years of business analytics managerial and software engineering experience with extensive expertise around business intelligence, financial reporting, and decision analytics. Gabe graduated from Mercer University with a master’s degree in Business Administration and was inducted to the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma in 2008. In addition, Gabe is chair for the Dashboarding and Visualization Special Interest Group for ASUG, co-chair for ASUG’s Business Objects’ Strategic SIG, and an active member of the Customer Advisory Council, as well as a renowned international speaker.

Heather Sinkwitz

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Heather Sinkwitz is a certified SAP BusinessObjects instructor with over 10 years of business intelligence consulting experience. She gained her expertise while working as a business intelligence consultant, specializing as a certified SAP BusinessObjects instructor and solution provider. She currently dedicates herself to building innovative Business Intelligence solutions using a variety of technologies. A data junkie, she enjoys presenting meaningful information in new and unique ways to aid customers in making informed decisions. She remains actively involved in the BI community through participation in user groups and speaking engagements, both locally in her home state of Arizona or nationally. Currently, Heather is the Analytics and Reporting Product Manager for Trax Technologies (
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    SAP BusinessObjects BI Security

    Christian Ah-Soon, David François Gonzalez

    562 pages, hardcover

    "Don't talk to strangers"—if only data security policies were this easy. Learn to keep your SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence data truly safe from unauthorized actions with this comprehensive guide. Begin with security basics and work your way to advanced concepts; More about the book

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    • Keep your system secure by mastering functional and data security
    • Understand how to define a rights model and secure universes
    • Configure authentication with external systems such as SAP BW, LDAP, and Active Directory
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    Universe Design with SAP BusinessObjects BI
    The Comprehensive Guide

    Christian Ah-Soon, Didier Mazoué, Pierpaolo Vezzosi

    729 pages, hardcover

    This is your comprehensive resource on IDT and universe design! From universe creation to universe publication, get the step-by-step instructions you need to create the building blocks of reports for Webi, Dashboards, and more. Learn to build single- and multisource More about the book

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    • Everything you need to know about the new Information Design Tool and UNX universes
    • Explore step-by-step universe design, from connecting to different data sources, to creating data foundations, to building business layers
    • Compare and convert UNV to UNX universes